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22nd Jun '16 3:06:52 PM Morgenthaler
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* Dnerd in ''TheBOTSMaster'' often spouted off really precise statistics, though this took a backseat to his being completely incapable of carrying a standard conversation.

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* Dnerd in ''TheBOTSMaster'' ''WesternAnimation/TheBOTSMaster'' often spouted off really precise statistics, though this took a backseat to his being completely incapable of carrying a standard conversation.
18th Jun '16 2:28:57 AM Gess
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* Zigzagged in the Soviet comedy [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQyDr0D2KH0 "Moonshiners"]]. At first one of the titular {{HillbillyMoonshiner}}s just empties a sack of sugar cubes into the still. Then he makes some calculations and adds one more cube.
31st May '16 5:51:34 PM Jake
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*** Bashir becomes insufferable for this after it was revealed he was genetically engineered. Even his actor hated it. He provides the likelihood of the success of the Dominion in the Dominion War to two decimal places. For reference, the Dominion War is a massive conflict involving four of the most powerful organizations in the galaxy. He also uses this trope to calculate travel times in a damaged ship faster than the computer could, despite it making no sense for him to be able to calculate this without being some kind of warp-travel/impulse-travel expert, never mind it being an enemy ship they barely understand the workings of in the first place. It's even lampshaded by characters in-universe how unnatural he is being. It didn't stop the writing staff from continuing to do it, however.

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*** Bashir becomes insufferable for this after it was revealed he was genetically engineered. Even his actor hated it. He provides the likelihood of the success of the Dominion in the Dominion War to two decimal places. For reference, the Dominion War is a massive conflict involving four of the most powerful organizations in the galaxy. He also uses this trope to calculate travel times in a damaged ship faster than the computer could, despite it making no sense for him to be able to calculate this without being some kind of warp-travel/impulse-travel expert, never mind it being an enemy ship they barely understand the workings of in the first place. [[note]]In case you were wondering: "Seventeen years, three months and two days. Give or take an hour."[[/note]] It's even lampshaded by characters in-universe how unnatural he is being. It didn't stop the writing staff from continuing to do it, however.
31st May '16 12:45:09 AM Mindhooked
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* ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'': After the good Terminator blows up several police cars, we see his heads-up display which shows "0.0 CASUALTIES". This doesn't make much sense no matter whether "casualty" is interpreted as "death" or "injured person": The former would imply there is such a thing as partial death, while the latter means that the Terminater blew up a number of cars with a minigun and a grenade launcher in such a way that not a single policeman suffered even a minor burn, cut, or bruise. Creator/JamesCameron [[WordOfGod explained]] that they tried using a simple 0, but thought it looked silly, so the decimal was added per RuleOfCool.

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* ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'': After the good Terminator blows up several police cars, we see his heads-up display which shows "0.0 CASUALTIES". This doesn't make much sense no matter whether "casualty" is interpreted as "death" or "injured person": The former would imply there is such a thing as partial death, while the latter means that the Terminater Terminator blew up a number of cars with a minigun and a grenade launcher in such a way that not a single policeman suffered even a minor burn, cut, or bruise. Creator/JamesCameron [[WordOfGod explained]] that they tried using a simple 0, but thought it looked silly, so the decimal was added per RuleOfCool.


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** It happens again in ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines''. While John Connor hides in his mother's coffin during an escape from the graveyard, the Terminator fires over 700 rounds and destroys several police vehicles. The heads-up display still reads "HUMAN CASUALTIES - 000".
19th May '16 12:20:41 AM PaulA
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* Maggy, the ship AI in ''Literature/{{Hellspark}}'', starts out like this, though she comes to grips with the concept of verbal approximation as the story progresses. Also deconstructed at one point when she gives a 25% probability of a particular outcome and then admits when pressed that all this means is there are four possibilities, which she's assuming are equally probable only because she has no data by which to judge their actual likelihoods; it also turns out that her lack of data misled her and there are considerably more than four possibilities, rendering the entire calculation useless.
5th May '16 11:11:07 AM Adeon
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** Even when characters are giving approximations they'll often use more precision than makes sense. For example saying "approximately thirty-one minutes ago" when most people would say "about half an hour ago".
4th Apr '16 6:29:35 PM xenol
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* In computer and communication systems, timing can be highly important. As an example of a laser communication system, its base clock speed is 15MHz. Which may not sound like much until you consider that it requires a 1 part per million tolerance over time (meaning it cannot deviate by 15Hz, ever). Most oscillators you find at parts stores are typically in the parts per thousands.

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* In computer and communication systems, timing can be highly important. As an example of is important, especially at higher clock speeds. To ease equipment protocol and hardware design, a laser communication system, its base known clock speed is 15MHz. Which may not sound like much until you consider that it requires a 1 set on the sender and receiver. The world isn't perfect, meaning one or the other will start to drift. The ludicrous part per million comes in not just how tight the timing is due to the clock signal itself (which can be on the order of nanoseconds of precision), but how far they can deviate. A lot of high-end equipment may have a tolerance over time (meaning it of 1 part in a million, meaning a 15MHz signal cannot deviate by 15Hz, ever). Most oscillators you find at parts stores are typically in the parts per thousands.15 Hz, ever.
1st Feb '16 7:51:38 AM KakuradyDrakenar
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** Averted if the [[DependingOnTheWriter editor]] uses the convert template, which automatically takes care of significant digits.
27th Jan '16 8:30:52 AM MarsJenkar
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* One convenience food packet instructed users to use "18 fl. oz." or "511 ml" of water in cooking it. Whilst accurate conversions of each other, neither measurement is achievable using a kitchen measuring jug; at that end of the scale, the divisions are usually to the nearest 5 fl.oz. or 25 ml. It would have been more reasonable to say 20 fl. oz. or 500 ml.

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* One convenience food packet instructed users to use "18 fl. oz." or "511 ml" of water in cooking it. Whilst accurate conversions of each other, neither measurement is achievable using a kitchen measuring jug; at that end of the scale, the divisions are usually to the nearest 5 fl.oz. or 25 ml. It would have been more reasonable to say 20 fl. oz. or 500 ml. In the U.S., you would be more likely to see "2 1/4 cup" for the former, which would indeed correspond to 18 fluid ounces.
%% Where is that last example from? Britain? It would be a non-issue in the United States, because our measuring cups do measure to the nearest 2 fluid ounces by default, as "1/4 cup", so 18 fluid ounces would be handled without too much trouble. On the other hand, measuring to the nearest 5 fluid ounces isn't a usual practice in the United States, likely because the local definition of a pint is not the same as on the other side of the pond--16 ounces instead of 20, so a quarter of a pint in the U.S. would be 4 ounces, not 5.
15th Jan '16 12:23:46 PM Anddrix
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* If there's a chart, [[ViewersAreMorons it won't have error bars]]. Ever.

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* If there's a chart, [[ViewersAreMorons it won't have error bars]].bars. Ever.
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